Cold sore is basically a viral disease. This infection is caused by virus called Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). There are main two types of herpes; oral herpes caused by virus HSV-1 mainly affects face and mouth and the second type is called genital herpes affects sex organs and caused by HSV-2. In this article we will explore different ways to manage cold sores. As there is no permanent solution for this disease once a person is infected with this viral it remains in his body throughout his/her life. As this a viral disease antibacterial drugs are not working on it. For effectively manage this condition your doctor may advise some antiviral medicines.
Some researchers suggest that 90% of world population is affected with this virus, but the people who exhibit its symptoms are few in number. Another research study says 50% or American children at early school age carry this virus. But the good thing is despite of this huge percentage of carrier the people actually become victim of this condition are very less in number.
Herpes Simplex Virus-1 or oral herpes affects face or mouth. It looks like groups of small blisters. These groups of small blisters are also called cold sores or fever blisters.
Symptoms of Cold Sores
- High temperature
- Sore throat
- Feeling sick
- Excessive saliva than normal
- Swollen and irritated gums with small, painful sores in and around the mouth – this is known as herpes simplex gingivostomatitis.
What to Use for Cold Sores?
Home Remedies for Healing Cold Sores
Toothpaste Healing For Cold Sores
You can use the normal toothpaste for curing your cold sores. Toothpaste is highly effective to heal cold sores. It reduces inflammation and after three days you will notice a big difference. Before going to apply the affected with sufficient amount of toothpaste it is important to thoroughly wash and clean the infected area with antibacterial agent for making the area free of germs and bacteria. After this cleaning the next step is to apply an ample amount of toothpaste on the affected area and gently press it so the paste gets access to the infection. Then leave it for three days to show its effect on this infection. After three days clean the area and you will notice that the blisters should have disappeared now.
Ice Treatment for Cold Sores
Ice treatment is also highly effective for reducing inflammation and instant relief. It will not prevent the outbreaks but can drastically reduce the inflammation and pain associated with this condition.
Eating vitamin E and C rich foods also can reduce the future flare-ups.
Other home remedies include;
- Milk contains antibodies and l-lysine
- Peppermint, mint, and witch hazel oil
OTC (Over the Counter) Treatment for Cold Sores
Lemon balm is another effective method for dealing with cold sores. This balm comes with natural attributes for healing the swelling and inflammation associated with this disease. One problem with this method is that it will reduce the pain associated with this condition. Research suggests that lip balm with at least 1% of lemon balm is necessary for showing its effect on this disease. Lemon balm is also effective for not only curing the current swelling and inflammation but also greatly curtailing the chances of future outbreaks.
Lemon Tea/Lemon Compress
Lemon tea/lemon compress not only heals the current condition but also ensures prevention of future outbreaks.
Lysine Cream/Lysine Supplement
Lysine is one of the best elements for boosting immune system; you can use lysine cream or lysine supplement for healing this disease.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera comes with anti-inflammatory properties and best for healing many skin conditions. You can use the same Aloe Vera Gel used for sunburn for treating cold sores. For best results 3 to 4 times daily recommended.
Medical Procedure for Cold Sores
Medical procedure used for treating cold sores mainly depends on patient history. Your doctor may suggest different treatment for primary occurrence and recurrence of this condition.
Treatment for Primary Cold Sores;-
Your physician may suggest some antiviral for treating this disease first time occurrence. Antiviral are only effective if the condition is caught in the very begging. There are different medicines your physician may prescribe;
- Acyclovir (Xerese, Zovirax)
- Famciclovir (Famvir)
- Penciclovir (Denavir)
- Valacyclovir (Valtrex)
Recurrence of Cold Sores:
The recurrence of this condition is less severe when compared to primary/first time occurrence of it. To keep other area safe from this virus avoid picking at sores. Clean your hands after touching the infection. Your physician may advise some antiseptic mouthwash and other medications such as topical antiviral creams.